IPUP’s ethos is to work wherever possible in partnership with museums, galleries, heritage sites, and media organizations.
Participation and engaging heritage audiences
IPUP is developing a new initiative enabling academics to work in partnership with a range of museums, arts, heritage, and policy professionals researching public participation and community engagement. This will be a unique initiative for IPUP, working across multiple disciplines to develop projects on participation and identities in an equitable partnership with the DHG (Diversity in Heritage Group) and The British Museum. IPUP has already engaged with a wide group of policy stakeholders, including the Arts Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Museums Association, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's “Our Museums” project. We launched this project with a major one-day conference held at the British Museum and entitled "Cultural Equalities Now"; for more information, see the Conference webpage.
IPUP is working within the region in collaboration with a range of partners in York and beyond, but particularly with York Museums Trust, York Minster, York Archaeological Trust, and The National Railway Museum.
IPUP continues to seek to develop a range of closer links between research and funding potential embedded within the university and the wider range of cultural institutions in the city. Thus far, such partnerships have included work focused on some specific research projects and events, but it has also greatly enhanced IPUP’s intern programme, working in partnership with practitioners in the city. These projects have in turn extended and embedded our partnership relationships. For an example of our work together see the IPUP intern projects page and the entries on the >History of York website.
And for our latest successful venture, see the development of Digital Heritage Trails with York Museums Trust.
Traumatic pasts and transatlantic slavery
Beyond York, IPUP has worked in partnership with seven national museums on the "1807 Commemorated" project: The British Museum, The International Slavery Museum at National Museums Liverpool, Hull's Wilberforce House Museum, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, Museum in Docklands and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum at Bristol. For more information, see IPUP's 1807 Commemorated Project webpage.
IPUP has recently won 4.3 million Euros to fund a substantial research project on the impact and legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This, the “Eurotast” Project, will have a significant public dissemination component which will be led by IPUP working in partnership with the Museum of London and the International Slavery Museum at National Museums Liverpool. Partnership work will also include working with networks of museums and schools across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, and the production of content with the Eurotast team for media dissemination through the BBC and beyond.